FIH Pro League: GB get better of New Zealand in Stoop double
PUBLISHED: 07:59 24 June 2019 | UPDATED: 07:59 24 June 2019
Great Britain's men and women got the better of their New Zealand rivals on the final weekend of FIH Pro League action at Twickenham Stoop.
A crowd of 11,500 - the biggest for a hockey international since the London 2012 Olympics - saw the men run out 2-0 winners to book their place in the final four, while the women ended their campaign with their best display of the season for a 3-1 victory.
Needing a win to finish in the top four, Danny Kerry's side - which included Hampstead & Westminster's Harry Martin - found the net early through Chris Griffiths and could have scored more in the first half.
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But they sealed the points thanks to Alan Forsyth's goal on 54 minutes and they will now face Australia in the semi-final in Amsterdam on Friday with a spring in their step.
Lily Owsley scored twice for GB's women - who included Hampstead & Westminster's Sarah Robertson -and set up Hannah Martin as they ended their FIH Pro League debut on a high.
A second home win - and third overall - will have given Mark Hager's side plenty of positives as they have shown good progress under his stewardship.
GB men: Gibson, Pinner, Hoare, Ames, Sloan, Waller, Dixon, Creed, Gall, Sorsby, Grassick, Jackson, Griffiths, Smith, Martin, Wallace, Roper, Forsyth.
GB women: Hinch, Unsworth, Toman, Ansley, Pearne-Webb, Costello, Balsdon, Jones, Neal, Robertson, Townsend, Hunter, Martin, Burge, Howard, Owsley, Petter. Unused: Heesh.